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    Breakout season leads to World Championship glory!

    1960 Roberto Clemente Game Worn Pittsburgh Pirates Jersey. While the last swing of the Major League season assured Bill Mazeroski the distinction as the most celebrated figure of the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, it was fellow future Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente that anchored the Bucs' offensive production during the club's first successful pennant race since 1927. The Puerto Rican superstar paced the Pittsburgh onslaught with ninety-four runs batted in and 261 total bases while more than doubling his previous career-high with sixteen long balls, a power surge that earned Clemente his first of fifteen All-Star nods.

    Had it not been for Mazeroski's World Championship walk-off, it's likely that the most famous home run of the 1960 Pirates season would have belonged to Clemente, who crashed Willie Mays' twenty-ninth birthday party by smashing a 450-foot home run through the squall of the newly-constructed Candlestick Park.

    "Clemente's bat hit the ball, and the result absolutely clubbed the crowd into awed silence for a long moment. Right into that wet whipping wind the ball carried. Right on through, hit 120 feet high in a long soaring majestic parabola that came down finally over 450 feet away. There is just no way of telling how far Clemente's home run blast would have traveled had it not been for that wind. Suffice it to say partisan Giant fans suddenly broke their shell-shocked silence and let loose a gigantic roar. For two innings the stadium buzzed. For days the Giants talked about it. Even today if you slip up behind a Giant pitcher and suddenly whisper in his ear: 'Remember the home run Clemente hit?' he's likely to jump as high as if he'd been caught putting spit on baseballs."

    Was this the jersey Clemente wore as he brought the enemy crowd to its feet in San Francisco? Did it see action as the Pirates snatched two-of-three from the mighty Yanks in the Bronx? The possibilities are thrilling. The jersey exhibits outstanding game wear from that unforgettable year that Clemente avenged the Murderer's Row massacre of '27.

    "Pirates" spans the chest in black-on-gold felt lettering, the same format the announces number "21" on reverse. We see some fabric separation on both sets of identifiers, but the aesthetics are not significantly affected, as our catalog imagery should convey, though MEARS deducts two points. Piping wear and occasional loss is also a common fault of Pirates vests from this era, and again this causes only minor distraction (and a one-point MEARS deduction). All buttons are replaced, accounting for the final two deducted points. Interior collar holds proper "MacGregor size 42" label, while the world-beating vintage is celebrated in duplicate at lower right interior tail, where an embroidered "60" swatch anchors a "Set 2 1960" flap tag. LOA from MEARS, A5. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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